The 2021 theme for the Ohio Archives Month poster was Ohio’s Wonderland: Unboxing The Great Outdoors. For the past year and a half, many have been cooped up indoors and apart from others more than ever before, but the outdoors have always offered an escape! The SOA Advocacy and Outreach Committee invited repositories and institutions across the state to submit their photographs, documents, or other graphical materials that highlight Ohio’s outdoor spaces. (Download the poster as a PDF.)
We received submissions on the theme from 23 institutions, for a total of 65 photographs and documents! The submissions were compiled, and 10 images were selected as winners through online voting by you. We were able to feature 3 of these images on this year’s Archive Month poster.
See our 2021 poster page for the images featured on the poster from the Sandusky Library, University of Akron, and the Ohio History Connection, as well as the other winning submissions, and the full text of the poster.
Winning Archives Month Poster submissions collage of those not included on the poster.
Thank you to the following institutions for their participation: Bowling Green State University; Cincinnati Art Museum; Clark County Historical Society; Cleveland Metro Parks; Dawes Arboretum; Dayton Metropolitan Library; Defiance College Archives; Greene County Archives; Heritage Commission Corporation in South Charleston; Kettering Foundation; Lloyd Library and Museum; Logan County Historical Society; Medway Area Historical Society; New Carlisle Historical Society; Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey; Ohio Department of Transportation; Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Project; Ohio University; Summit Metro Parks; University of Dayton.
We hope everyone takes the opportunity this Archives Month to promote their institution and collections. We look forward to hearing from you over the month. Be sure to check the SOA website and Twitter account regularly for updates on the various Archives Month activities throughout the state!
For Archives Month, Candace Pine, manuscripts librarian, takes us on a 10-minute behind-the-scenes tour of the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives at Miami University, showcasing two collections in particular: Gene Krebs, former member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and Rick Ludwin, former NBC executive (Primetime, Late Night, and Specials).
NOTE: The Society of Ohio Archivists Advocacy and Outreach Committee unfortunately needed to cancel the behind-the-scenes virtual Zoom tours for this year. But we are happy to share this recording that Miami decided to proceed with! We have high hopes for next year, and plan to make these behind-the-scenes “crawls” a regular part of our Archives Month promotions in future years.
Please see also the virtual archives tours from our June Annual Meeting. This session, now on SOA’s YouTube, featured a general repository tour at Miami University with Rachel Makarowski and Candace Pine; University of Dayton with Amy Rohmiller and Kristina Schulz; and the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions with Gino Pasi.
The Society of Ohio Archivists Strategic Planning Committee is seeking two At-Large members, each for a different term. SOA’s current Strategic Plan ends in 2021, so this is your chance to help craft our vision and goals of the future!
The Strategic Planning Committee works with Council and is responsible for monitoring SOA’s mission, long-term vision, and development. The committee will track SOA’s progress towards reaching the goals and objectives laid out in SOA’s most recent Strategic Plan and aid in the development of future goal. To join the committee, you must be an SOA member of good standing.
SOA is partnering with SAA and Ithaka S+R for the A*CENSUS II: All Archivists Survey, a major nationwide survey of the archives profession which has just launched. The All Archivists Survey aims to gather information from every archivist and community memory worker in the US on their demographics, educational backgrounds, job placements, and salaries, as well as perspectives on key issues in the field.
A*CENSUS II seeks to understand how the knowledge and skills of archivists and memory workers has evolved since the original A*CENSUS, conducted 17 years ago. By participating in this survey you are helping us understand not only how far we’ve come, but where we need and want to go in the coming years. A*CENSUS II findings will be shared widely with the profession, and the more people who participate, the stronger the data and resulting action will be.
Your responses will be saved automatically, so you may exit and re-enter the survey as many times as you wish. Your participation is voluntary; all of your data are anonymous and will be reported in aggregate form only.
The Greene County Archives will host an Open House on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. We hope you will join us!
As part of the Open House, we will have special exhibits and displays, provide tours of our facility, and have some light refreshments. And, our Open House wouldn’t be complete without the Victrola playing some fun tunes! Continue reading →
The Society of Ohio Archivists most recent leadership meeting minutes, from September 20, 2021, can now be found on the Council Meeting Minutes page. The document includes many between-meeting actions from the spring.
Interested in SOA over time? Also on that page are minutes dating back to 1997. In addition to documenting actions from the leadership meeting, minutes include reports from the treasurer as well as from committees and task forces.
The fall 2021 issue of Ohio Archivist, SOA’s biennial publication, is now available to download as a PDF.
In this issue you will find a information about the Fall SOA/OLHA Annual Meeting, a first look at the Archives Month poster, a recap of the Spring/Summer Annual Conference, a Resource Roundup in Digital Discussions, and much more!
– Overcoming Obstacles for the 2021 Annual Fall Meeting
– President’s Message
– SOA News: Archives Month Poster
– 2021 Annual Conference Recap: Archives in an Era of Change
– Resource Roundup by Jenni Salamon
– Member News
– New Leadership
Wednesday, September 29, 2021, is the LAST day to register for the annual Ohio Local History Alliance and Society of Ohio Archivists fall meeting (virtual), will be held Thursday September 30-Saturday October 2, with the theme of Challenge Accepted: Overcoming Obstacles.
Register online through 9/29–see the SOA Meeting page for registration and more details. Fees are member (SOA/OLHA) $40; nonmember $50; student/unemployed/furloughed $20. Continue reading →
October is American Archives Month and the Advocacy and Outreach Committee would like to take the opportunity to highlight and celebrate archives all throughout Ohio!
Update:We are canceling the behind-the-scenes virtual Zoom tours for this year. With all that is going on in the world, and our late start, we weren’t able to get enough sign-ups. We have high hopes for next year, and plan to make these behind-the-scenes “crawls” a regular part of our Archives Month promotions in future years.
In the meantime, please see the virtual archives tours from our June Annual Meeting. This session, now on SOA’s YouTube, featured Miami University with Rachel Makarowski and Candace Pine; University of Dayton with Amy Rohmiller and Kristina Schulz; and the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions with Gino Pasi.
Ways to celebrate Archives Month
Hold an Event: If your archive site hasn’t made plans yet to do something to celebrate and acknowledge Archives Month, we encourage you to hold some sort of event (in person or virtual) to let people get to know your archives!
Let us know: If you already have something planned (like an open house, talk, etc.), please share the details so that we can publish a list of Ohio Archives Month activities around the state on the SOA website. You can send event details to Advocacy and Outreach Committee Cochair Natalie Fritz.
Download and display this year’s Archives Month in Ohio poster, Ohio’s Wonderland: Unboxing The Great Outdoors. (Coming soon: a post from A&O on the making of the poster and the great submissions from archives around the state.)